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Keith Scherer

Email: keith@ucmjlawyers.com

Phone: 773-485-8882

As an accomplished trial attorney, over the last 20 years Mr. Scherer has gained substantial experience handling a wide range of military matters including but not limited to:

In addition to his military cases, Mr. Scherer has extensive federal court experience in the areas of mail and wire fraud, mortgage fraud, money laundering, tax fraud, and actions under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). He has also represented numerous business and military professionals, as well as other witnesses and defendants, before Federal and State grand juries, professional licensing boards, and other administrative boards.

Mr. Scherer has successfully represented members of all US military branches and has represented members throughout the US and overseas. His aggressive representation of his clients has resulted in a vast number of dismissed charges, dropped charges, acquittals, and saved military retirements. The national media often seek him out as an expert on military criminal matters.

Mr. Scherer has earned a reputation within the JAG community as a knowledgeable, ethical, and zealous advocate. His national and international trial work in the Armed Services courts, including their highest court of appeals, federal court, and the state court has given him a unique and sweeping exposure to judges and juries from an unparalleled number of regions and walks of life.

He has, for an attorney, an exceptional knowledge of medicine, trauma, toxicology, and psychology, acquired through many years of deep involvement with leading experts in these fields. He has also developed through his work experiences a special expertise regarding the complex analysis of media devices, cell phones, computers, all digital communications and networks. The critical role of these issues in the future of the intersection of criminal law and the military is well recognized and his experience and depth of knowledge in these areas allow him to offer his clients exceptional representation even in the most complex cases.

Representing military personnel of all ranks, from officers at the Pentagon to newbies in boot camp, Mr. Scherer uses his breadth of legal experience to provide the highest quality, cost-effective, and supportive client services.

In his life outside of practicing law, Mr. Scherer has been a widely published baseball writer. His work has appeared in the Baseball Prospectus annual and he was a contributing author to Mustaches and Mayhem: Charlie O’s Three-Time Champions: The Oakland Athletics: 1972-74, Juice: The Real Story of Baseball’s Drug Problems, and Rob Neyer’s Big Book of Baseball Blunders.

He has contributed articles to Baseball Prospectus Online, The Hardball Times, espn.com, and other internet publications. He has combined his legal and baseball knowledge by serving as a legal consultant to the baseball industry on several drug-related cases, including the prosecution of BALCO, Congress’s investigation into steroid use in baseball, and the investigation of Barry Bonds.

From 1989 to 1992, Mr. Scherer served as an enlisted member of the Air Force Intelligence Command as a Russian Linguist stationed in England.

 

Education

J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1998

B.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1995

 

Bar Admissions

Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

Air Force Court of Appeals

Army Court of Criminal Appeals

U.S. Court of Criminal Appeals

U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Federal Trial Bar

Illinois State Courts